Here you can see two of my woodworking projects in my wife’s classroom. I built the Lectern and the In-Box out of birch plywood with no edge banding. She teaches 7th graders and it was decided to just use the ply, give it a small amount of style in the form of a routed edge profile where applicable, apply a durable finish and leave it at that. Seventh graders are not known for the care they lavish upon school furnishings. If the plywood gets scratched or dented I’m not going to feel bad about it.
Here is the other in-box in use in my wife’s classroom. I have built four of these altogether, and one is in use in an 8th grade classroom in the same building. The left side is thicker than the right so they can apply labels. I wanted to add brass label holders, but I was overruled because it was thought the kids would bend them. The in-box you see here is for my wife’s use only, but we wanted them to match, so…
I did make the base of hers thicker and heavier than the other one.
The shelves are just 1/8 inch hardboard cut to size, the edges sanded so they slide in and out.
Here is the dry erase board I built for the door. The school colors are purple and gold, so I painted this piece purple. I couldn’t use gold paint or a clear finish because the dry erase markers would stain it. The dark purple works very well.
And here’s the twin to the first curtain you saw. My mother-in-law sewed them and I tie dyed them. You can see a border around the top of the room in the first and last photos as well. I tie dyed that, too. And about half of the things you see on her walls were created by me. I am her resident graphic artist.
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